Scarlett Johansson: Movie will be 'hard sell'

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Set in Southern California, a father moves his young family to the countryside to renovate and re-open a struggling zoo. Starring Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson, Elle Fanning, Thomas Haden Church, Colin Ford, Patrick Fugit & Desi Lydic.
November 28th, 2011

Scarlett Johansson admits her directorial debut will be a "hard sell".

The 27-year-old actress is to step behind the camera for 'Summer Crossing' - an adaptation of Truman Capote's first novel, which is set in New York in 1945 and follows 17-year-old Grady, a wealthy protestant who embarks on a controversial affair with a Jewish parking attendant - and admits it does not have obvious appeal because of the tricky setting and subject matter and the fact she doesn't intend to cast any famous stars.

She said: "It's about that first love you have that's sort of vicious, in a sense. It's a hard sell because it's a period film, it takes place in New York, and there's no room for a big name. We'll see. Fingers crossed."

Scarlett also admitted she was filled with doubts ahead of her performance in 'We Bought A Zoo' - in which she stars with Matt Damon - but says director Cameron Crowe helped her through the project.

She added in an interview with Vanity Fair magazine: "I went into 'We Bought A Zoo' and I didn't know how to do it, exactly.

"I had ideas and things I wanted to do, but I was a little bit raw. I felt out of practice and a bit exposed. I was feeling very protective of myself. But Cameron's world was very welcoming."